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Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Kaepa City wins national volleyball title

They make wining look so easy. Despite star player Niki Hartley of St. Francis High nursing a hairline fracture in her right foot, Kaepa City Beach cruised past the competition and had a splendid time doing so at the recent U.S. Junior Olympics volleyball championships.

The girls club team annihilated the Southern California Renegades to claim the national crown in the 18-and-under division June 28 in Dallas.

Kaepa City, which lost to the Renegades earlier this season, defeated the Southern California team 15-9, 15-6, 15-10 in the championship match.

"When they beat us during the season, we took it as an opportunity to make adjustments in our game," said Kaepa City middle blocker Hartley. "We definitely brought it up a notch during the championship game."

The team was guided by Dave Gambelin, girls volleyball coach at St. Francis. Gambelin had the chance to coach three of his Lancers this summer: Hartley, Staci Millichap and Desiree Rook. All three made the all-tournament team, with Hartley winning MVP honors.

The tournament fielded a deep contingent, selecting only the best 32 teams among a talented crop of 3,000.

"Every team was absolutely loaded. They were basically all-star teams," added Gambelin. In essence, the teams were comprised of players in the upper echelons of their respective leagues and sections.

In the initial phases of the tournament, Kaepa City faced a true test after Hartley sustained a foot injury when awkwardly landing on a teammate's foot while attempting a block.

But Hartley returned to action just two days later. Her sheer determination was enough to override her nagging injury.

"There was no way she was going to miss the Junior Olympics. It was really amazing to see her come back and play so well," Gambelin said.

Everything jelled during a 15-13, 4-15, 15-8, 15-11 victory over Sports Performance of Chicago early in the tournament. Sports Performance won the national title a year ago.

Kaepa City then rolled past the Renegades for the title.

The scheduling of the tournament was extremely tough, according to Hartley. However, playing two matches a day was not enough to suppress Kaepa City.

"I think the fact that we played two games a day actually helped us," Hartley said. "While physically, we were tired, having so many back-to-back games kept our competitive spirit and mental toughness alive, which helped us in the end."

The squad trained vigorously as soon as the high school season ended last December. Players took part in weight training, sprints and volleyball-specific exercises.

As for the competition, Kaepa City stepped up to the challenge.

"Whereas in the high school circuit, the season ends at state. Here, not only do we have the best players from each school, but we can go all the way to nationals," added Hartley, who will attend the University of Florida this fall on a volleyball scholarship.

Rook has earned a scholarship as well and is headed to UC-Santa Barbara this fall. Millichap, meanwhile, will be returning to St. Francis for her senior year.

Even though Hartley must wear a protective boot for two more weeks, the injury hasn't taken away from what the squad accomplished this season.

"This was a dream season," Gambelin said.

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